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13 Sensational Islands In Australia For Your Next Getaway

The Basin, Rottnest Island, Western Australia

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When you think of Australia, your mind might be conjuring up images of white-sand beaches, expansive Great Barrier Reef, and Aussie’s riding the best surf in the world. Australia is a huge country, but for sun-worshippers and nature lovers, Australia’s coast is the place to be.

If you’re dreaming of a sun-filled getaway, then you might want to consider one of Australia’s islands.

Rottnest Island – pure magic

Australia actually has 8,222 islands, and it’s not possible to see them all (well, you can try!), so if you’re not sure what are some of the best islands in Australia that you should consider for your next getaway, then you’re in the right place.

We have visited our fair share of the islands around Australia, and have picked our favorites based on our personal experience, so you can decide which one is right for you. We’ve picked ones that cater to every type of travel experience, and for every budget, so there should be an island for everyone on this list.

The Best Islands In Australia To Visit

So without further ado, here are my top island escapes in Australia that make a great getaway destination or even just a day trip!

1. Rottnest Island, WA

overlooking stunning pinky beach on rottnest with white sand and turquoise water
Stunning Pinky Beach, Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island, or “Rotto” as the locals call it, is just spectacular. I would rank it as one of our top 3 favourite islands in Australia.

Located 18 kilometres off the coast of Perth, it has over 60 picturesque beaches and bays. It’s one of the top spots for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, swimming and fishing – a true island paradise.

The best way to explore is by hiring a bicycle (there are no cars on the island) and go exploring. Don’t forget your snorkelling gear, as you’ll want to stop off at some of the beaches to see the thriving marine life that shares the waters here.

Because Rottnest Island is so small, it can be seen as a day trip, but we recommend you stay over a weekend to really relax and unwind.

You’ll be sure to meet lots of the true locals getting around, the QUOKKA. The Quokka is a small macropod (rat-like animal) about the size of a domestic cat. They are so cute and friendly.

2. Fraser Island, Queensland

family looking at view of Fraser Island
Fraser – one of the best islands in Australia for adventure

As the world’s largest sand island, stretching 123 km long and 23 km wide, Fraser Island is a mecca for 4WD…

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